Blend of the Month
Brrrr...... its cold out there! What is the weather like where you all are? Up on our mountain side its been in the high 20's and 30's when we wake up in the morning.
The wood stove has been keeping us nice and toasty but we sure are going through the wood this year. Its always nice to have that first wood burning fire and something to cozy up to. I don't know about you but those little wall heaters or forced air vents just aren't the same cozy as a wood stove.
Along with keeping warm by the fire we have been drinking our share of tea on the farm. Another great way to warm up in the wet, dark, foggy Oregon days. We have been enjoying so many of our new blends! The Farmer's new favorite is our La Pine Licorice Spice. Its a rather sweet tea and he has a sweet tooth.
I wanted to introduce you all to our tea of the month for our tea club! Welcome Aronia Plum Berry!
Containing that lovely fragrant bunch of warming spices that is so prevalent in many of our winter time teas, this beauty also features Oregon grown aronia berries, plums and cornflowers.
Its full of sweetness because it too also has licorice root in it along with almond extract and some of our very precious vanilla (that stuff is up to over $400 a pound now!).
If this sounds like a tea that you would love, hop on over and check out our Monthly Tea Club! Every month we are blending a new tea for our tea club members. We started out with Apple Pie Chai in October and moved on to Pumpkin HazelNOT coffee in November and I've got something up my sleeve for January I think you will all love.
Along with the tea of the month, the tea club also comes with a sample of tea which is already in our farm store, a local treat (We have done chocolate & cherries, local raw honey and this month all natural soap from our favorite soap maker), VIP access to our private sipping group and a recipe to go with your tea of the month (or use your tea of the month in!).
Grab the details here! We also have a couple of members gifting memberships for Christmas which is a fabulous idea .... so fabulous that I too am gifting memberships to friends and family this year.
Thanks for stopping by the farm!
It started about this time of year. It was cold. It was wet. It was very much Oregon outside. It gets so dark and dreary here in Oregon with the clouds and the rain that it is really a motivator to spend the days camped out close to the wood stove with a hot cup of tea.
Our family is busy keeping Advent here on the farm. Our little preparation for Christmas time and one of those days involves a visit from St. Nicholas. Not the fat jolly man that eats lots of cookies but the slim, kind, bishop of Myra.
On December 6th this saintly man visits our home in spirit leaving the children candy, nuts and other small treats in their Dutch wooden clogs. We read the story of this great miracle working Saint, enjoy traditional songs about his miracles and good works and think about how we can be more like this saintly man.
One tradition on this day is to drink something similar to mulled wine. Also known as Gluhwein. As my health motivates many things (or lack of health) that happen here on the farm this was yet another of them. I'm highly allergic to alcohol along with sugar and so you see mulled wine is really a bad idea for me. But I loved the tradition and spirit of the thing so we came up with an alternative.
This is how Coastal Cranberry Spice was born! And because we are all about local we had to feature local Oregon cranberries. If you would like to read on, the Aroma Culture Magazine recently interviewed us about our process and our teas.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE and scroll WAY down to the bottom, they saved us for last :)
What can you grow on 2 acres? We're on a mission to find out from tomatoes to green beans and chamomile to borage. We have plans to make use of every bit of our land to grow edibles to feed our family and our tea customers tea cabinet.
This year we planted a test plot of borage and it did super well! What is borage? Its a plant that tastes like a cucumber but has beautiful blue star shaped flowers. We are sharing our harvest and more details about this bee attracting plant in this weeks youtube video! Check it out below!
The stores in town are busting out the Christmas trees and the lights. The holiday bazaars have started and so has the shopping. Down at the farm life is a little bit slower.
This time of year we are embracing fall, even if the coldness feels a bit more like winter. We are enjoying the beautiful color on the fall leaves, the reds and oranges are just beautiful here this time of year. Along with the fall beauty we are embracing seasonal foods. Not that that is a new thing here on the farm but the season is new!
That means lots of cranberries, pumpkin and squashes and apples! Its also the season of sharing with friends and family! What better way than to make a dish to take and share at gatherings with friends and family?!
My favorite food at gatherings is usually the snacks or appetizers, aside from dessert of course ;) Little bites of yummy goodness! We decided to spice up a favorite treat of ours, turkey pinwheels, with some tea.
Our Coastal Cranberry Spice was the perfect blend for this recipe but you are welcome to use any fruit tea that you enjoy as well as just plain cranberry sauce.
We used tea in place of cranberry sauce not only because it adds to the depth of the flavor but it also utilizes different herbs that come with different qualities and nutrition. Its super yummy and we think you will love it!
What is your favorite holiday appetizer? Let us know in the comments below!
Tea Infused Turkey Pinwheels
6 Whole Wheat Tortillas
Deli Sliced Roasted Turkey
1.5 TBL Cranberry Tea (We used our Coastal Cranberry Spice Herbal Blend)
6 oz of Hot Water
12-15 leafs of Romain Lettuce
1 - 8 oz container of Cream Cheese (We love Nancy’s Brand filled with Probiotics)
1 TBL Pure Maple Syrup
1.) Steep the tea in 6 oz of water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and set aside until cool.
2.) Once tea has cooled add steeped tea, cream cheese and maple syrup to food processor. Blend until everything is well incorporated.
3.) Spread 1/4 c. cream cheese mixture on one whole wheat tortilla making sure it is thin and even over the entire tortilla.
4.) Place two turkey slices down the middle of the tortilla with cream cheese.
5.) Place 2-4 leaves of romaine lettuce over the turkey.
6.) Roll tortilla tightly and slice in about 2 in. pieces. Top with steeped tea leaves for a little bit of flare.
If you loved this recipe, good news! There is more to be had :) Below are 9 more recipes for our readers in our free cooking with tea e-book!
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